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CHICAT opened in March 2017, joining the movement started by MacArthur Genius Bill Strickland and Manchester Bidwell Corporation over 40 years ago. Nationwide, Centers for Arts & Technology (CATs) successfully increase high school graduation rates and equip adults for life-changing employment opportunities. CHICAT activates a potent set of proven practices, including:
• Demand-driven, sector-focused employer partnerships
• Digital skill building and arts-enabled outcomes for youth
• Human-centered design and program space that celebrates and elevates individuals
• Commitment to serving the lowest income, most distressed families
Chicago is the largest city to establish a CAT and marries proven national design standards with local need and relevance. The facility is located in the Illinois Medical District/University Village neighborhood of Chicago.
Recognizing the strong ecosystem of existing organizations and knowing that working collaboratively is the most effective method to help our communities, CHICAT has established relationships with a wide constellation of community-based organization, schools, businesses, activists, and experts to best help the adults, youth, and communities we are serving. These partnerships create a valuable network of organizations and individuals helping one another with the common goal of making a better future for all.
We cannot do this alone.CHICAT relies on these relationships for a wide array of elements including referrals of youth and adults, input into curriculum design and training, instructors as needed, externship opportunities, hiring CHICAT graduates, feedback on job performance of CHICAT graduates, and ongoing support for CHICAT activities and events.